Antonio Brown Responds To Recent Distraction Accusations

A few days ago, Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested that the Pittsburgh Steelers should trade wide receiver Antonio Brown instead of signing him to a long-term contract extension. In his article, Cook accused Brown of several on-the-field actions that he believed were detrimental to the team to support his opinion.

“The distractions are a real problem. Brown’s three excessive celebrations penalties early in the season were bad enough. But there was the incident in the first Miami game when he jogged back to the line of scrimmage, delaying his teammates from running their 2-minute offense,” wrote Cook. “In more than one game, when he wasn’t happy with how he was being used, he frequently ran the wrong patterns, either because of a lack of focus or — worse — intentionally. It happened a week ago in the AFC championship. That’s inexcusable.”

On Thursday, Brown, who is currently in Houston for Super Bowl LI, joined FS1’s “Undisputed” to set the record straight about him allegedly running the wrong routes on purpose.

“I know the position I’m in correlates things to be a lot bigger than what they should be. You guys in the media got a great responsibility. It’s your job to put out the truth because I have kids and people who watch the shows and what you say and take it to heart. I don’t think my reputation or how I relate to guys in the locker room or my play on the field ever should have been a question. We’re talking about a championship game that people don’t get a chance to experience over the course of our career. to say I wasn’t running the right route or to say that I was mad about us scoring a touchdown, that’s just disheartening,” Brown said.

“Who does that? As the media, it’s your job to tell the truth and give people fundamental facts of the reality of things. Sometimes those things can be misconstrued from being in the position I’m in and people just want to create stories.”

Brown, who is making the rounds on media row in Houston on Thursday, also stopped by for an interview with ESPN’s “First Take” to discuss all of the things that have transpired over the course of the last several weeks and especially since he shot his infamous Facebook Live video after the team’s Divisional Playoff game.

Brown was asked if he would like to remain in Pittsburgh and he made it clear that he does.

“Steelers for life,” Brown said without hesitation.

Earlier this week, Steelers team president Art Rooney II addressed Brown’s future in Pittsburgh and indicated that it is his hope that the wide receiver will be signed to a new long-term deal at some point during the offseason.

After this week is over and Brown leaves Houston, a lot of this noise surrounding his recent past transgressions and long-term future in Pittsburgh should lessen quite a bit. At least we hope it will.

  • PaeperCup

    I’m a fan.

  • RealSteel

    I didn’t see the interview, but if that is what he said….Hats off to Brown! Well done.

  • WreckIess

    Well he wants to be here and the FO wants him to be here. Sounds like a no-brainer to me. Pay the man.

  • pittfan

    Media is so corrupt. We have guys here at SD that actually study film and none of them reported AB running wrong routes. Never mind the accusation he did it on purpose!!
    Low life reporters

  • Ted Webb

    I heard both interviews today I believe AB handled himself well on both occasions answering truthfully and honestly hopefully now we can officially move on from this stuff.

  • george

    I have a friend, who has a cousin, who knows a guy that works at the deli that overheard a customer say that Brown ran the wrong route!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Truth

    The question is how much is he really worth?

  • The Truth

    The Rooneys could also just say that to cover up a possible trade too. It’s not like they are going to say they want him gone. The same goes for Brown for what Brown said.

  • WreckIess

    They could, but considering the fact that there’s probably a 99.9% chance that that’s not the case I’m just going to take them at their word.

  • Ni mo

    Top dollar best wr in the league

  • Ni mo

    He didn’t run the wrong route

  • It sounds like AB gave some thoughtful answers. It’s largely a faux issue, as far as I’m concerned. Yes, he needs to cut down on the post-TD antics. But honestly, compared to other top WRs, both in the league now and previously, his antics are minor. If there were any evidence he ran the wrong routes on purpose, that would change things, but I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt. He’s obviously a talented and hard-working guy who wants to remain in Pittsburgh, and it’s not like he’s some locker-room “cancer,” and it’s not like he’s just an offensive human being (e.g., any number of Bengals players).

    As I wrote in a comment to a different post, though, the Steelers should certainly keep their options open in terms of AB’s future with the team. I don’t think they’ll actively look to trade him, nor should they, but what if some team were to offer a top-15/20 pick in the draft? Is that likely? No. But it’s possible. Given all the uncertainty with Bryant, even that might not be enough, as we’re talking about a Super Bowl-caliber team that has to go into 2017 with more than just Eli, Coates, DHB/Cobi, hopefully Bryant, and maybe a first-round pick at the WR position to have a shot. Basically, given the 2/3-year window this team has with Ben at QB, it has to be now, and AB has to be a part of that. It would have to take a whole lot for any team to pry AB away.

  • T3xassteelers

    Good. Now can we please put this to rest? Pay him now.

  • VaDave

    You said it bro!

  • Steelers12

    He was being sarcastic

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  • george

    Thanks….thought that was obvious.

  • 6 ring circus

    Dude is so quick to pounce!

  • 20Stoney

    Seems like maybe someone should ask Ron Cook what his source is about that. I know he’s not going to name names, but with that kind of accusation, he needs to provide something.

  • rdjmsr53

    Wait a second. Brown got paid by Facebook to video the locker room. So there is some BS somewhere.

  • JNick

    About tree-fitty.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I think Antonio realizes he made a big mistake on the FB video. He seems remorseful and very genuine with his apology. Now lets get him his bread.

  • The Truth

    That’s a lot of money. As of now Brown is still under contract. A contract he agreed to.

    They still need to re-sign Bell. That’s a lot of cap space for two players.

  • will

    Fake news!

  • will

    And like many have said………this would never have happened in New England!

  • Bonnie Powell

    Media makes me sick. They should be ashamed of hurting other peoples reputations to make a living. AB makes some poor decisions but this crap has been so blown out of proportion and kept going so long by them,it’s ridiculus. Social media is a two headed monster- everything anyone does becomes the worlds business. No privacy or respect for others privacy- disgusting.People have the right to put anything out there they want to- but then they have to accept what the media and the world will do with it I guess. Rant over.

  • Bonnie Powell

    No, cause those players are robots- the patriot way or gone!!

  • Steve

    If you watch the last Video, he is also being paid by Visa. AB is making a ton of money from numerous sources.

  • Steve

    Really,, Robots?? Why did Blount leave the locker room and go back to the Pats? Maybe because there is a lack of discipline on the Steelers and AB made Tomlin look bad. So did Peazy at the bar as a matter of fact.

  • Steve

    If it makes you sick, you have the right to exit.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Yeah you’re right they only make videos of other teams practices plays hand signals and deflate footballs

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Almost like their hypnotized

  • Robert E Lil

    It’s not JUST the self aggrandizing – the taping of people behind their back and putting it out there for everyone to see.
    It’s the way he stands in front of his own camera.
    He kinda makes me sick

  • Zarbor

    Anyone who thought Brown was going anywhere…..put down the weed. Biggest no-brainer. He will be paid.

  • will

    And yet they keep winning.

  • will

    Those robots performing the “patriot” way just keep winning!

  • will

    And win Championships